Air Fryer Bagels

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These air fryer bagels take just 10 minutes to make and need just 2 ingredients! No yeast needed, they are chewy and easy to customize!

air fryer bagels

I’m loving making non-traditional recipes in my air fryer.

Sure, I love making vegetable dishes (like air fryer zucchini and air fryer buffalo cauliflower) but to be honest, it’s the baked goods I love the most. Some favorites include air fried donuts and even air fryer cookies. My current obsession is air fried bagels!

Why air fry bagels?

  • 2 Ingredients only. for the bagel dough itself, you need just self rising flour and yogurt- That is it! 
  • No yeast or resting time required. Most bread recipes require some resting time, but not these bagels! 
  • Easy to customize. Like with air fryer bagel bites, fold through or top the bagels with your favorite toppings. 
  • Ready in 8 minutes. The beauty of the air fryer is that the bagels take just 8 minutes to cook! 

How to make bagels in the air fryer

The Ingredients.

  • Self rising flour– A combination of all purpose flour,  baking powder, and salt. You can skip buying it at the supermarket and just make your own.
  • Yogurt– Any thick yogurt works, like Greek, coconut, or soy. Ensure that it is not flavored. 
  • Butter– Optional, but adding a brush of melted butter on top gives the bagels the golden brown crumb. 
  • Toppings- Add your favorite bagel toppings on top. 

The Instructions. 

Start by mixing the flour and yogurt in a mixing bowl. Once combined, transfer onto a floured surface and knead several times until smooth. 

Next, divide the dough into four portions. Using your hands, roll the dough out into a sausage shape and connect them at both ends to create a bagel.

Now, brush the exterior of each bagel with melted butter and sprinkle with your favorite bagel toppings. Transfer them into an air fryer basket lined with parchment paper.

Finally, air fry the bagels for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the bagels from the air fryer and let them cool completely, before slicing and spreading with your favorite toppings. 

bagels in air fryer

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket, as the bagels are prone to spreading and rising. I can comfortably fit 3 bagels in, but if your air fryer basket is bigger, you can go for 4-5.
  • If you don’t want to brush the bagels with butter, you can also use milk or cream.
  • Once the bagels have cooked and cooled, slice them in half.

Bagel topping and mix- in ideas

Here are some fun flavors to get you started-

  • Everything bagel seasoning– The classic New York style bagel topping everyone is obsessed with! 
  • Cheese– Asiago, cheddar, or mozzarella cheese. 
  • Dried or fresh fruit– Blueberries, raisins, or cranberries. 
  • Seeds– Poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or even sunflower seeds. 
  • Spices– Italian herbs, cinnamon, smoked paprika, onion, and garlic.

Storing and freezing instructions

  • To store: Air fried bagels can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. 
  • To freeze: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to six months. 
  • Reheating: Microwave for 20-30 seconds or reheat in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes. 
bagel in air fryer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you toast bread or bagels in the air fryer?

You can toast all bread-like products in the air fryer instead of using a toaster. To do this, preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F. Add the halved bagel or two slices of bread in the air fryer basket and air fry for 3 minutes.

How do you heat a frozen bagel in the air fryer?

Add the frozen bagel to an air fryer basket linked with parchment paper. Air fry at 180C/350F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. To have the bagel toasted at the end, increase the heat to 200C/400F for the last ten minutes.

Is this recipe vegan?

If you use a dairy free yogurt (like coconut or soy yogurt), these bagels are vegan.

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Use a gluten free self rising flour like Doves Farm.

air fryer bagels

Air Fryer Bagels (2 Ingredients!)

5 from 1046 votes
These air fryer bagels take just 10 minutes to make and need just 2 ingredients! No yeast needed, they are chewy and easy to customize!
Servings: 8 bagels
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 11 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 3/4 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds or favorite bagel toppings

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and yogurt and mix until combined. If the dough is too thin, add more flour. If the dough is too thick, add more yogurt.
  • Lightly flour a kitchen surface and transfer the dough on top. Knead it several times, then divide it into 8 portions.
  • Roll out each portion of dough into a long, sausage shape and connect them at both sides to form a bagel.
  • Line an air fryer basket with parchment paper. Brush the top of the bagel with the melted butter then sprinkle your favorite bagel toppings.
  • Place 3 or 4 bagels in the air fryer basket and air fry at 180C/350F for 10 minutes, or until golden around the sides.
  • Remove the bagels from the air fryer basket and place the remaining bagels to cook. Repeat the process until all the bagels are air fried.

Notes

TO STORE: Air fried bagels can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. 
TO FREEZE: Place leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to six months. 
TO REHEAT: Microwave for 20-30 seconds or reheat in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bagelCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 6gFat: 2gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 45IUCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 20g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I tried this today and I used your recipe for self rising flour. The bagels turned out so delicious!!!! My husband and I loved them. Thank you for the recipe!!!!

  2. So easy…I loved your eady flat bread recipe as well,!
    With these things jumping in price to buy readymade it’s a no brainer to make your own!! Once you’ve done it you’ll never go back to bought shop food!!

  3. 5 stars
    Tried these today .So easy so delicious will never buy from a bakery or a supermarket again .
    Nice crunch on the outside and lovely texture inside .

    SERVED with cream cheese capers and salmon .
    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    This was my first attempt at this recipe with the air fryer. I added a tiny bit of vanilla, cinnamon, honey, and raisins to the dough mixture. Delicious! Next time I won’t roll them so thin though. They don’t rise at all without the yeast. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Hi Arman!

        Thanks for the recipe, can I safely put these in a toaster after they’re cooked?